About James Doyle, Australian Nature & Natural History Photographer

/About James Doyle, Australian Nature & Natural History Photographer
About James Doyle, Australian Nature & Natural History Photographer2018-10-05T15:21:30+00:00

Who is James Doyle, Australian nature photographer?

James Doyle, Australian Nature Photographer, natural history photographerI am a professional natural history photographer, educator and mentor based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I’m interested in promoting the craft of natural history photography and to further our understanding of the natural world and the environment in an ethical manner. I may not be “famous” or as well known as some working in the industry these days but my work and ethics have stood the test of time amongst my peers.

Being a generalist natural history photographer, I photograph portraits of nature, close ups, macro, landscapes, wildlife, birds and environmental issues with a bit of travel photography thrown into the mix.

If asked what is my favourite subject to photograph, I would say possibly waterfalls and cascades, although every outing is a learning experience and adventure, whatever the subject. Sometimes just sitting and watching the natural world unfold is as rewarding as getting the photograph. I aim for the highest in personal standards.

I have been involved in nature photography and natural history cinematography for 30 plus years and have travelled widely within Australia and the world to photograph or film the natural world. Having worked as naturalist, ethnoecologist, adventure tour guide and natural history cinematographer.

A visual journey following natural history cinematographer and nature photographer James Doyle, spanning a thirty plus year career.

To see more behind the scene images, check out the
Behind the scene image gallery.

As a business, I also conduct nature photography activities,  private tuition and mentoring, providing opportunities for those wanting an adventure in nature photography or those thinking about entering this exciting field of photography.

My website was created to build a bridge with people that have an interest in nature or nature photography, so we can come together and share our experiences.

I am grateful that I have had the opportunities and a passion for the natural world throughout my life and it has allowed me to live and work a life where I do the things I love, to be a witness to all the beauty and brutality of the natural world. Like many nature photographers, I am some what introverted or maybe just a shy extrovert and don’t seek the limelight to promote myself, rather I just go about what I love and share my images and knowledge and let others be the judge of how skilled I am as a professional nature photographer, educator and mentor.

Favourite Adventures

I have been very fortunate in my life, when it comes to opportunities to go to places and to see things many don’t have the opportunities to experience. I have many adventures not yet discovered or experienced. When asked what is my favourite place or what is the most memorable thing I have ever done, to be honest I can’t truly answer that, as each adventure has its own unique features and trials and tribulations. They are all unique!

Just some of the things I am most grateful for would be (not a complete list though).

  • Being a natural history cinematographer
  • Travelling to wild places throughout the world
  • All the wonderful people I have met and worked with along the way
  • All the beautiful and wonderful things I have witnessed in nature
  • Lived & experienced the people and cultures of several countries

Some Accomplishments

I’m not really comfortable with “blowing my own trumpet” about the things I have accomplished. I have been fortunate, yes, but I have also worked hard to achieve the things I experienced.

A short list would include (not in any particular order):

  • Served in the military
  • Mountain climbing in the Himalayas to about 18,000 feet
  • Selected for a Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition
  • Numerous photographs published worldwide in quality publications
  • Eleven International credits on natural history documentaries
  • Filmed the male Albert’s Lyrebird (Menura alberti) displaying
  • Filmed the Paradise kingfishers (genus Tanysiptera) nesting
  • Filmed the brown antechinus (Antechinus stuartii) mating sequence
  • Filmed Lake Eyre filling and the boom and bust of the desert – 1989/1990
  • Filmed many other natural wonders

Other Things I Enjoy

One of the most enjoyable pastimes for me, is to travel down a back road, just to see where it leds or what I can find along the way, thinking nothing of rolling out my swag under the stars. If I can find a nice camp site, where I can sit and enjoy nature without the presence of a crowded society, that’s a bonus. 

I have a diverse range of interests, everything from history, archaeology, early explorers, old book stores, museums, caving, camping, travel, natural history, flying in small planes and just being outdoors, to name a few.

I’m the sort of person that will travel down a dirt track just to see what is at the end of it. I love to learn new things which help me to understand my place in the world and to help others discover all the wonders around us all the time, knowledge is a powerful food for the soul.

Some Favourite Quotations

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir 1838 – 1914

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust 1871 – 1922

“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”
William Hazlett 1788 – 1830

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
John Muir 1838 – 1914


My Commitment to You

My commitment to you is that I am here to help you become the nature photographer you aspire to be. I believe that I have a lot of valuable skills to share and that my work conveys a passion and commitment for nature photography. Nature photographers don’t always make good teachers and when you look for an “experience” it is important to gauge not just what the instructor say they have done, but how well they are able to pass on to you new skills and identify your needs as a client. There are many people offering their services as “instructors” these days, especially since the digital revolution. You need to ask yourself, do they have the skills and commitment, which has been honed by years of practice in the field or do they just offer fancy locations and basic information they may have read or heard somewhere. Are they able to practice and share “what they preach”?

My activities have only small numbers of participants generally. This is because I acknowledge that is the maximum number I can mentor at any one time and give equally each person quality time during the activity. My locations are “real” locations which you can return to yourself in your own time, again and again. When you book with James Doyle Photography you are paying for my knowledge, my support (even after the completion of the activity) and thirty plus years of experience in the field. I am not a tour company but a professional nature photographer, who wants to share my passion and experience in nature photography with others in an ethical learning environment and give people the opportunity to photograph some subjects they may not have access to.

I know that I continue to learn myself and if I don’t know something, I’ll tell you, then try to find you the answer. While I may carry a camera and shoot images when on a nature photography fieldtrip, workshop or tour, it is never my first priority, your experience on the day is.

My belief is that learning doesn’t end when you go home. That is why I am here, to help you grow as a nature photographer. Locations are selected to take advantage of seasonal factors, subject movements and good photographic lighting and times as best possible. I can’t guarantee that every location will be the same, as the last visit or a visit in the future, that’s what nature photography is about, getting out and exploring new locations for the first time and visiting old locations again and again, no two moments of time are the same!

Please understand, on the day of your adventure, I can’t guarantee we will always find subjects or there is perfect light to photograph, this is one of the reasons nature photography can be so hard to undertake, we can’t control nature. I will however endeavour to give you the best opportunities to photograph your subjects.

Looking forward to meeting you and sharing our wonderful natural world. May your viewfinder be filled with wonderful scenes of nature.
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If you would like to follow my back road travels, you should check out my new website Back Road Travels. A website that chronicles the adventures of James Doyle whilst on back road travels in Australia. The back road travels website provides stories from the road, learnt over many years of 4×4 travel.

In 2017, I was invited to be filmed for a segment on Totally Wild, titled “NATURE THROUGH THE LENS”, produced by Totally Wild, Brisbane. They don’t provide a copy of the segment for direct access but you can watch the program on Tenplay.com.au website.

I’m the second segment, at about 04.23 timeline.

Totally Wild

Click here to view video.

In 2013, I was invited to be a part of a documentary titled “Behind the Lens”, produced by Network Ten – Documentary Unit Brisbane. Network 10 provided a copy of the segment about nature photography and the work we do as professional nature photographers. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of the story on my nature photographer’s blog.

“Behind the Lens”
(part 5)

© Network Ten – Documentary Unit – Brisbane
Click here to view on YouTube


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Please note I will not be available for any outdoor activities in the immediate future. Thanks. Dismiss